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Jun 28, 2006 7:58 pm


So the American People Were Demoralized by the Battle of the Bulge?



On 18 June, White House press secretary Tony Snow attempted to put recent events in historical perspective: "The president understands people's impatience – not impatience but how a war can wear on a nation. He understands that. If somebody had taken a poll in the Battle of the Bulge, I dare say people would have said, 'Wow, my goodness, what are we doing here?' But you cannot conduct a war based on polls."

Snow's analogy was the latest effort to compare Bush and his troubles to the difficulties of previous presidents, from Lincoln to Truman. His reference to the Battle of the Bulge was an original contribution. In that battle, fought in December 1944, Hitler concentrated his remaining forces on the western front for a final desperate assault to break the inevitable Allied drive across the Rhine, and failed. In fact, there are polls available from that time. The American people were not impatient. They knew victory was coming. And their support for President Franklin D Roosevelt, who had just been re-elected to his fourth term a month before, increased to 72%.

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